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Weezer, 'Allo Darlin, Iceage, Vashti Bunyan, Puppy vs Balloon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLOUD NOTHINGS drop a video for "Now Hear In."

WEEZER is advance streaming Everything Will Be Alright in the End via iTunes.

'ALLO DARLIN is advance streaming We Come From The Same Place.

ICEAGE is advance streaming Plowing Into the Field of Love.

VASHTI BUNYAN is advance streaming Heartleap.

STARS drop the title track to "No One Is Lost."

INXS: "Don't Change," live at the US Festival.

3RDEYEGIRL talks to The Current about working with Prince.

ZOLA JESUS talks to Stereogum about going pop and getting away from civilization.

ROGER McGUINN shares songs and stories from a remarkable career, plus lesser-known gems.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young is reportedly in full-time care in a Sydney nursing home.

AMANDA BYNES was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. Her parents are in the dark about their daughter's arrest and have no idea where she is or what she's been doing since her conservatorship ended.

MICHAEL PHELPS was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin have wedding pics at People; I'm sure no money was involved.

MOLLY SIMS and her husband, producer Scott Stuber, are expecting another baby together.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG & ROSIE O'DONNELL got into a heated spat in front of The View's studio audience.

JEREMEY RENNER talks to the Daily Beast about Kill the Messenger, The Avengers, and a Bourne crossover with Matt Damon.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON SEQUEL: Headed to IMAX and Netflix simultaneously.

INHERENT VICE:  The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel has a trailer online, narrated by Joanna Newsom.

HONG KONG’s leader on Tuesday called for the pro-democracy demonstrators who have blocked major roads in the city to return home immediately, but protest leaders responded with defiance, threatening to expand the demonstrations and to occupy government buildings.

LIBYA: At least five people were killed in clashes between the Islamist Libya Dawn movement and the Libyan national army in Tripoli.

IRAQ: Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

AFGHANISTAN: Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

PUPPY vs BALLOON: Who You Got?

A POMERANIAN's drug habits were so bad it prompted SPCA officers to pay a visit to its owner's Yaletown apartment.

A BABY ELEPHANT who got stuck in a watering hole was lifted out by park rangers in a heart-rending rescue attempt.


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Prince, Zola Jesus, Caribou, Tennis, Aretha, Dogs vs Peanut Butter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWEEDY'S video for "Low Key," directed Nick Offerman, includes cameos from Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, Chance The Rapper, Mavis Staples, and Steve Albini. It's bananas.

PRINCE is streaming both Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum via Spotify.

ZOLA JESUS advance streams Taiga.

CARIBOU advance streams Our Love via iTunes.

TENNIS plays The Cutting Room in NYC for KEXP.

ARETHA FRANLIN drops her cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep."

LED ZEPPELIN dops an alt-mix of "The Rain Song" ahead of the Houses Of The Holy reissue.

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Aquarium Drunkard about learning to expand her songwriting palate, using other songs to craft her own, starting the new record label and how you should get out and play in front of an audience all ready.

THE REPLACEMENTS...or the Fauxplacements? Plus some backtracking, and a story about Bob.

DELTA SPIRIT gets a brief profile at Magnet.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP will soon allow advertisers to superimpose their logos into old music videos.

AMANDA BYNES was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin made their union official under Italian law.

BRAD PITT: GQ UK teases tidbits from their cover interview.

REESE WITHERSPOON, meanwhile, covers Vogue.

ROBERT PATTINSON's new girlfriend FKA Twigs has been the target of a barrage of online racist abuse since her relationship with the former Twilight star become public.

TRACY MORGAN has only himself to blame for the horrific injuries he suffered in the accident with a Walmart truck, according to Walmart.

YEMEN: An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula suicide bomber killed one person after driving his car into a Houthi field hospital north of Sana'a. AQAP claimed credit for launching a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Sana'a.

SYRIA: Coalition airstrikes hit the large Koniko gas plant in Deir Izzour, which also houses an Islamic State prison; granaries in the IS-held city of Manbej in Aleppo; three local oil refineries and a plastics factory in Raqqah; and in Markadah in Hasakah. About 1,500 Kurdish fighters have joined the YPG in recent days to battle IS in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Fronth's emir threatened coalition countries with retaliation for the airstrikes in Syria and warned Syrian rebel groups not to cooperate with the coalition.

IRAQ: Officials claimed that the US killed 18 Islamic State fighters in airstrike in Mosul. The military said it killed 25 Islamic State fighters in Dhuliyah, and a "judge" and six fighters in Fallujah. The Islamic State killed six policemen in Sharqat and four men in Mosul.

DOGS vs PEANUT BUTTER, In Slow Motion.

SNAKE IN A DASHBOARD:  A man on his way from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare driving down Interstate 95 in Virginia on Friday morning...

A FAMILY OF PET HAMSTERS were given oxygen by firefighters from the Lacey Fire Department in Washington state. Four of five lived.

SPINELESS NORMAN: A hedgehog without any spikesDinsdale!




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Boomtown Rats, Foxygen, Ex Hex, Steve Gunn, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS play "I Don't Like Mondays" at their first U.S. show in over 20 years.

FOXYGEN advance streams Foxygen... And Star Power.

EX HEX advance streams Rips.

STEVE GUNN advance streams Way Out Weather.

BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN advance stream a self-titled LP.


R.E.M.'s Monster turned 20. Get Off My Lawn. And “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”

EDWYN COLLINS talks to The Observer about his recovery from two strokes, with riveting details.

ICEAGE singer Bender Rønnenfelt talks to Pitchfork about mixing beauty and destruction.

PHIL SPECTOR has reportedly not spoken in nine months as he battles illness in prison, where he is serving a 19 year sentence for murder. 

WHEN WAS POP MUSIC At Its Lowest Point?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Equalizer tops the chart with 35 million;  excepting The Great Deabaters, which barely opened wide, this is Denzel Washington's 11th opening over 20 million. He's Mr. Reliable. Could it be a franchise? Washington has never done a sequel to anything.  The Maze Runner places (for now) with an estimated 17.5 million on a 46 percent drop, probably ensuring a sequel, given 90 million in overseas markets on top of the 58 million domestic.  The debut of The Boxtrolls shows (for now) with an estimated 17.3 million, an even bigger than the studio's Coraline...but it will need to be as leggy to profit on a reported 60 million budget. This Is Where I Leave You takes the fourth slot with 7 million.  Dolphin Tale 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 4.8 million...on track to recoup its 36 million production budget, but will need overseas receipts to profit.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are husband and wife. Clooney had an elaborate security plan.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have worn out their welcome with so many at Paris fashion week, they've been branded by industry insiders tired of their antics as “fashion flu.”


ADRAIN PETERSON was the target of a criminal sexual assault investigation, but authorities ultimately cleared him.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Hundreds turned out for a memorial to celebrate the actor's life.

WILLIAM SHATNER confirms he may be in Star Trek 3.

KEVIN BACON is featured at Bloomberg News regarding celebrity speakers making big fees on college campuses.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula retaliated by firing an M72 LAW rocket at the US Embassy in Sana'a and wounding several Yemeni guards. Houthi rebels agreed to withdraw their forces from the capital.

SYRIA: The Islamic State advanced in Hasakah after clashes with Kurdish YPG forces. Coalition airstrikes targeted the Islamic State in Aleppo, Deir Izzour, and Homs; coalition airstrikes were carried out also in Deraa, Hama, Hasakah, and Idlib. The pace of the air campaign in Syria is said to be now similar to that in Iraq, with "near continuous" sorties; but only 8 of the 48 coalition airstrikes so far in Syria have targeted al Qaeda.

IRAQ: The Iraqi army and an alliance of Shiite militia groups on Saturday retook a dam northeast of Baghdad after days of fighting believed to have killed dozens, security sources said. Britain, Belgium, and Denmark agreed to join the US in targeting the Islamic State inside Iraq, but not in Syria.

CATS TEXTING CATS in the #SMWCreative contest.

A GOAT was “promptly apprehended” and “charged with disorderly intoxication" in Florida.

IS THAT 51 TURTLES IN YOUR PANTS, or are you...oh.

A LARGE BEAR roaming Port Coquitlam seems to be harmless and staying away from people. The problem is that people can't seem to stay away from him.

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The Go-Gos, Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Zeus, ELO, Cutout Bin, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

TWEEDY plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

RYAN ADAMS performs on WNYC Soundcheck.

ZEUS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: I featured 'em here a couple of Fridays back, but Jeff Lynne fronted a version for the first time in 28 years at Hyde Park, in a set including their big hits and other well-known tracks (as well as the Travelling Wilburys' "Handle With Care")..

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

THE ALLAH-LAs talk to Drowned In Sound about touring, the internet, and more...

LINDA THOMPSON & JON BODEN talk to The Guardian about the revival of Island's folk label.

RICHARD RUSSELL, the head of the pioneering independent XL label, talks to Pitchfork aout the soundtrack of his life.

THE KINKS, ranked by Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, it's another special back-to-school special streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include The Boxtrolls, which is currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Equalizer, currently scoring 58 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN was tackled and almost knocked to the ground in an alarming assault during a Paris Fashion Week event.

LINDSAY LOHAN was a disaster in her first performance of David Mamet's legendary play Speed-the-Plow in London. Who could have predicted it?

RACHEL McADAMS is said to be locking down the lead role in season 2 of HBO's True Detective.

SAM WORTHINGTON and his girlfriend Lara Bingle are expecting their first child together.

JUPITER ASCENDING: The Wachowskis' latest, moved from July to February (uh-oh), now has a new trailer.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is spreading into Pakistan.

THE KHORASAN GROUP attacked by the US in Syria, as it turns out, are not a particularly new threat at all.

LIBYA has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tons of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security. It's worth noting the disarmament of Libya was not unrelated to US policy after 9/11, including the invasion of Iraq.

IRAQ: The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base in Saqlawiya in Anbar province. The extent of Iraqi casualties is unclear; upwards of 800 soldiers are said to have been killed or captured during the opening suicide attack, the storming of the base, and while retreating. An estimated 200 soldiers are said to have escaped.

IRAN's president says a nuclear deal is possible before a November deadline if the West is flexible.  The US said it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its co-operation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program.

MARU demonstrates the many ways he can sit in a box.

FAMED GROUNDHOG STATEN ISLAND CHUCK died after being dropped by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; the zoo then covered it up.

POLITICIANS & POSSUMS: It's complicated.

TWO AMOROUS DONKEYS who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.

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Pavement Tribute, TPOBPAH, Alt J, Luluc, Greyhound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STRAND OF OAKS performs a downbeat version of Asia's "Heat Of The Moment" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

PAVEMENT gets a Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 20th anniversary tribute LP. Get off my lawn.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

ALT J stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LULUC plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BLITZEN TRAPPER covers Ryan Adams's “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High).” And is a wee bit Dylanesque.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN has turned 65, and is reissuing his seminal work.Here's the Boss  "Growing Up" at Max's Kansas City, in 1972.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to The Quietus about lyrical processes and music as a means of consolation.

BOB GELDOF talks to BrooklynVegan about the Boomtown Rats, U2, why Rock isn't important anymore, etc.

AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album as well as the permanent departure of their founding guitarist, Malcolm Young. 

THE REPLACEMENTS will be fined for playing too loud at Forest Hills.

JEREMY RENNER confirmed he’s a married man — to Sonni Pacheco, the mother of his baby daughter, Ava Berlin.

KEANU REEVES has had two home invasions in two days.

GWYNETH PALTROW reportedly has drawn up a schedule to ensure Chris spends enough time with her and their children.

NORMAN REEDUS (The Walking Dead's Daryl) is profiled by GQ.

TONY STEWART will not face criminal charges in the death of Kevin Ward Jr., who reportedly had marijuana in his system at the time of his death.

MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO was indicted for tax fraud. Ab-Scam?

BRITNEY SPEARS is sending her lingerie collection to Kate Middleton. Yes, really.

THE 20 BEST TV THEMES, according to CBS, is woefully short on Mike Post compositions.

YEMEN: More than 340 people were killed in the past week as Houthi rebels pushed to take control of the capital of Sana'a.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: At the UN, US president Barack Obama claimed the backing of five Arab nations for intensive military attacks against IS targets in Syria on Tuesday showed the offensive was not “America’s fight alone”, as his military chiefs warned the intensive air assault was only the start of a sustained campaign likely to last years. British Prime Minister David Cameronsaid Tuesday that he is certain ISIS is plotting attacks in Europe. The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has jumped by a third to around 3,000 in a few months, the EU counter terrorism chief said Tuesday.

AN ITALIAN GREYHOUND goes wild for iPad fish.

A RAMPAGING AUSSIE PIG drank 18 beers and got in a fight with a cow.

SKUNK vs SCOOTER: Who you got?

ZEBRAS maintained a stiff upper lip as they were battered by a crowd of 50,000 panicking wildebeest.

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